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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 08-31-2020 08:59 PM

Random comments, FWIW:

- You are miss informed, there is not a huge difference in floor space or overall size.
Both your Contractor saw and Unisaw have same size 27” deep table tops. The contractor saw is actually deeper front to back due motor hanging out. If you get a saw with T-Square fence, it adds ~2in to front of saw for stronger support rail, which ends up being same square footage as motor out back.
Many contractor saws have stamped steel legs that splay outward and require a larger mobile base opening then a cabinet saw with ~21×21 base size.
Many people think a cabinet saw is larger as they also want a larger fence than they have contractor saw. With same fence, they occupy nearly same depth, width, and floor space.

- By limiting your power source to 120V 15A, a 1.5HP cabinet saw will not add any additional power or cutting capability beyond a 1.5HP contractor saw. Hence buying a 120V cabinet saw is lateral move, not an upgrade.

- If considering a 2HP 120V saw upgrade, check your new saw power requirements closely. Most true 2HP 18-20A motors require minimum 25A or 30A wire & breaker. The cost to run a 30A 120v line is roughly same as 240v 20A line, assuming you have room in breaker panel; so most folks spend the money for 240v shop power.

- Any saw can be put onto a mobile base. The grizzly bear claw is good choice for smooth floors, and Rockler All terrain is my preference for lot so movement on rough floors.

- What modern convenience are you missing?

Riving knife? Yes, with a new cabinet saw, you get a riving knife.

T-Square fence? You can add this to you present saw.
I regularly see used Biesemeyer or Unifence on CL for < $150, and new Delta T2 short fence is only $300.

Tough choice: Spend $400 for new fence+mobile base, use remaining $1000 for new jointer, planer, or large stack of wood, or spend $1200-1500 on new saw.

Sorry I didn’t help very much. LOL
Hopefully you are better informed.
Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967


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